What is BigTent, and how is it different from the SMMC website?
BigTent is how SMMC members interact online. We have a members only area that hosts our forums, age based playgroups, special interest sub-groups, classifieds listings, our event calender and lots more. Once you join, make sure to check it out. You can set up BigTent to alert you to new classifieds, forum posts, or events, or so you don’t receive any emails at all.
The SMMC website is general information about our club that is visible to everyone. The website calendar will show the events, but none of the specific details for members only.
What content is on the online forums, and what questions can I ask?
The forums are how our members interact with one another online. There is tons of valuable information about schools, common childrearing issues, and so much more. You can ask just about anything (within reason of course) and almost always get some great answers. It’s also possible to post sensitive questions anonymously so no one knows who’s asking but you can still get answers.
How do I sign up or log into BigTent?
Once your membership has been approved by our membership team (usually within 72 hours), the email and password you entered when you joined SMMC can be used to log into BigTent. Simply go to www.BigTent.com and enter your email and password. Once you’re logged in, you can click on the “Discussions” tab to visit the forums, the “Events” tab to see the calendar, or the “Classifieds” tab for the latest classifieds listings.
How do I post something on the forums?
To post in the SMMC Forums, make sure you’re in the “Discussions” section of Big Tent, which is the forum. Then click on the the blue “Start a Topic” button on the upper right hand side of the forum. From there, enter your title, then the content of your post. Finally, select the forum you want the post to go into. Most posts go into the “General Discussions” forum, but any posts related to childcare should go into the “Childcare” forum. If you are posting into a specific sub-group like your age based play group, select that forum. Finally, click the blue “Post a Topic” button at the bottom of the screen.
How do I join a subgroup, and how many can I join?
Subgroups are smaller groups within SMMC that are focused on an age groups (like your age based playgroup), your local area, or a special interest like “Jewish Moms” or Mompreneurs.
There is no limit to how many you can join, but we suggest starting with no more than three or four and expanding out from there once you’ve connected with other members in those groups. To see the list of Subgroups or join one, log into BigTent. There is a menu on the left side of the screen, and under “Resources” one of the options is “Subgroups”. Click on that to see our list of Subgroups and a description of each one. To the right of each Subgroup name and description is a blue button that says, “learn more and join”. Click on that for some more information about the Subgroup.
If you want to join the Subgroup, click the “Request an Invitation” button. Once the Subgroup leader has approved your membership, you’ll get an invitiation through Bigtent to join the group officially. Once you’ve accepted that, you’ll be part of that Subgroup, see their forum postings, calendars, and receive any group specific communications.
Can I buy and sell items on the online forums?
Yes, we have a very active classifieds section with great items for sale.
I own a business. Can I post something about my business on the forum?
We don’t allow any self-promotion on the forums. Due to the number of our members with their own businesses, the forum could quickly be dominated by this type of post. However, you can reply to someone’s post who is looking for or asking a question about your type of business. We do require that you disclose your relationship to the business in your post.
Can I post anonymously on the online forums?
Yes, we do allow anonymous posts on any topics that require privacy. However, we strive for a positive and supportive tone on the forums and do not allow anonymous criticisms or negative reviews. Posting something anonymously is quick and easy. Prior to hitting the “Post a Topic” button click the “options” button. Then click the box where it says “conceal my profile identity”. Once you’ve selected that, click the “Post a Topic” button. Your post will not appear right away as it has to be approved by the moderators. This can take anywhere between a few minutes and a day.
Go here to find the guidelines for the online forums.